— Kate Bush British recording artist; singer, songwriter, musician and record producer 1958
Song lyrics, Lionheart (1978)
Context: Oh, come on, you've got to use your flow.
You know what it's like, and you know you want to go.
Don't drive too slowly.
Don't put your blues where your shoes should be.
Don't put your foot on the heartbrake.
„When your priorities are straight;
Decisions are easy to make.
Sometimes it is very arduous to move on, but
You shall realize it was the Best Decision
you have ever made.
I left a very secure position
to take a new and intimidating
position in The Big City.
I became even bigger and better
than I even thought!
Take a chance…
or else you shall regret it the rest of your
— Nora Roberts American romance writer 1950
„Gays and lesbians, when you fight against discrimination and a cure for AIDS, you are right - but your patch is not big enough. Conservatives and progressives, when you fight for what you believe, right wing, left wing, hawk, dove, you are right from your point of view, but your point of view is not enough.“
— Jesse Jackson African-American civil rights activist and politician 1941
Address to the Democratic National Convention (July 19, 1988)
„I got my feet on the ground and I don't go to sleep to dream;
You've got your head in the clouds and you're not at all what you seem.
This mind, this body and this voice cannot be stifled by your deviant ways.
So don't forget what I told you, don't come around, I got my own hell to raise.“
— Fiona Apple singer-songwriter, musician 1977
Sleep to Dream
Song lyrics, Tidal (1996)
„How much grit do you think you've got?
Can you quit a thing that you like a lot?
You may talk of pluck; it's an easy word,
And where'er you go it is often heard;
But can you tell to a jot or guess
Just how much courage you now possess?You may stand to trouble and keep your grin,
But have you tackled self-discipline?
Have you ever issued commands to you
To quit the things that you like to do,
And then, when tempted and sorely swayed,
Those rigid orders have you obeyed?Don't boast of your grit till you've tried it out,
Nor prate to men of your courage stout,
For it's easy enough to retain a grin
In the face of a fight there's a chance to win,
But the sort of grit that is good to own
Is the stuff you need when you're all alone.How much grit do you think you've got?
Can you turn from joys that you like a lot?
Have you ever tested yourself to know
How far with yourself your will can go?
If you want to know if you have grit,
Just pick out a joy that you like, and quit.It's bully sport and it's open fight;
It will keep you busy both day and night;
For the toughest kind of a game you'll find
Is to make your body obey your mind.
And you never will know what is meant by grit
Unless there's something you've tried to quit.“
— Edgar Guest American writer 1881 - 1959
Source: Just Folks (1917), On Quitting
— Seth Godin American entrepreneur, author and public speaker 1960
Source: Poke the Box
„I would say the main thing in any young kid's life is education. Even if a guy is prejudiced, he can be educated to understand why he is prejudiced. Education plays a great role in all life, whether you're black or white. You've got to go to high school, you've got to go to college. When you come out of college or high school, you can play sports. If you ever get hurt, they can't take that brain away from you, you've got that.“
— Willie Mays Baseball player 1931
Academy of Achievement Interview (1996)
„It ought to be easy, ought to be simple enough.
Man meets woman and they fall in love.
But the house is haunted and the ride gets rough.
And you've got to learn to live with what you can't rise above
If you want to ride on down in through this tunnel of love.“
— Bruce Springsteen American singer and songwriter 1949
"Tunnel of Love"
Song lyrics, Tunnel Of Love (1987)
— Charles Bukowski American writer 1920 - 1994
„No use weepin' when the milk is spilled,
No use growlin' when your hopes are killed,
No use kickin' when the lightnin' strikes
Or the floods come along an' wreck your dykes;
Only thing for a man right then
Is to grit his teeth an' start again.For it's how life is an' the way things are
That you've got to face if you travel far;
An' the storms will come an' the failures, too,
An' plans go wrong spite of all you do;
An' the only thing that will help you win,
Is the grit of a man and a stern set chin.“
— Edgar Guest American writer 1881 - 1959
Source: When Day is Done (1921), No Use Sighin' , stanzas 3 and 4.
„I've often referred to pro wrestling as "ballet with violence." Yes, it's staged, as far as who's going to be the winner, but it's not fake. It's really an art form, and one that requires careful discipline. When you smash your opponent with a folding chair, you've got to know how not to hurt him. When you get body-slammed, it's painful, no way around it. But you get used to it.“
— Jesse Ventura American politician and former professional wrestler 1951
Source: Don't Start the Revolution Without Me! (2008), Ch. 2 (p. 29)
— Albert Schweitzer French-German physician, theologian, musician and philosopher 1875 - 1965
„And when you're alone there's a very good chance
you'll meet things that scare you right out of your pants
There are some, down the road between hither and yon,
that can scare you so much you won't want to go on.“
— Dr. Seuss American children's writer and illustrator, co-founder of Beginner Books 1904 - 1991
Source: Oh, The Places You'll Go!
„But of course you should have retreated at once from the dominant male. Are you an idiot? You are extremely lucky he was distracted from ripping out your throat by the fruit. He thought you were trying to steal his females.“
"Pardon me, but we did not have the time to exchange that kind of personal information. I could not have known! Moreover, I wish to assure both of you that I did not make any amorous advances on female monkeys. [...] I didn't actually see any, so I didn't get the chance."
Giulana and Magnus Bane in 1791, p. 13.
The Bane Chronicles, What Really Happened in Peru (2013)
„When you write a computer program you've got to not just list things out and sort of take an algorithm and translate it into a set of instructions. But when there's a bug — and all programs have bugs — you've got to debug it. You've got to go in, change it, and then re-execute … and you iterate. And that iteration is really a very, very good approximation of learning.“
— Nicholas Negroponte American computer scientist 1943
Nicholas Negroponte: A 30-year history of the future http://www.ted.com/talks/nicholas_negroponte_a_30_year_history_of_the_future, July 2014, TED Talks (about 13:40 into 19:43 video).
A 30-year history of the future, TED Talk (2014)
„As far as service goes, it can take the form of a million things. To do service, you don't have to be a doctor working in the slums for free, or become a social worker. Your position in life and what you do doesn't matter as much as how you do what you do.“
— Elisabeth Kübler-Ross American psychiatrist 1926 - 2004
As quoted in Another Door Opens (2006) by Jeffrey A. Wands. p. 29